Monthly Archives: December 2014

QPR the next challenge for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud

We really should have beaten Liverpool last weekend and I’m finding it hard to understand how we threw it away when we came so close to a massive three points. Anyway, next up is a trip to Queens Park Rangers, a team that I personally like to take on. Harry Redknapp’s a great coach and I’m happy they’re in the Premier League again but we have to see this as a three pointer for us. Their striker Austin is in great form and it’s up to us to nullify that threat.
Arsenal have been linked with a few names today, with Australian youngster Daniel Da Silva reportedly top of our list of new acquisitions to come in in the January transfer window. We’re apparently set to beat Man City for his signature. The 17-year-old is seen as one of the best players to have ever come out of Australia.
Yaya Sanogo is set to head on loan to another club and Arsene Wenger is apparently in talks with Sunderland and Everton to let the Frenchman leave. The 21-year-old striker had also had some interest from abroad but Arsenal want him to play Premier League football.

Arsenal suffer embarrassing defeat to Stoke City

Arsenal Community Shield

Well, well, well. On the back of three straight wins, you kind of felt that we might be heading into a rich spell of form; but then Arsene Wenger’s not so mighty Arsenal slumped to a 3-2 defeat to Stoke City, in the most embarrassing of ways. After slipping to a 3-0 deficit before the half time whistle, we had to go all in for the second half. Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla both grabbed goals but ultimately it wasn’t enough for us.
What’s most frustrating is that it’s clearly obvious we were missing Laurent Koscielny at the back. We don’t have a backup defender and the January transfer window is too late, we should have had backup for Vermaelen a long time ago. Also, the midfield does not have a solid defensive asset. Mathieu Flamini is done at the highest level. We need a better player than him.
I don’t like to say this, but it looks as if our chances of Champions League success are still on, but it’s not enough for us. We should be growing on the success of the FA Cup victory last season and building on it.
All that matters now is that we’ve got another game against Hull City in the FA Cup, that’s definitely one we can win again and we’ll be happy it’s a home draw. After that, we need to start reversing our dismal league form.
Tomorrow we take on Galatasaray in the Champions League. Arsene must use this chance to play his reserves as our squad is very short. I am curious to see what kind of team Wenger puts out, especially as we all know the benefit of a victory in the CL group stage, another 1 million pounds in the bank. So what is it Arsene, money over another injury crisis? We’ve all seen this before. After we take on Gala, we play Newcastle at home, a game we need to be winning. Arsenal have a decent record against the Toon Army at home and I fully expect for that to continue there.
For now, we’ve got to bounce back before it’s too late.